Ted Danson Will No Longer Host Dinner Parties At Sutton Place Toronto
If Toronto's Sutton Place Hotel ever held a special place in your heart, prepare yourself for some sad news. A new developer who's taken over the iconic movie set hotel is planning to turn the 33-story building into a 42-story luxury condo high-rise, and construction is set to begin by the end of the year.
PostedToronto reported that Lanterra Developments wants to preserve the "vibe" of the hotel (which, due to its proximity to the Toronto International Film Festival, has traditionally been a favorite of celebrities and film industry peeps), but is planning some major structural changes—like adding 20,000 square feet of retail space to the ground floor.
All of which kind of puts an official end to a bygone era of Dudley Moore Impromptu piano concerts in the lobby and Ted Danson dinner parties upstairs. Things just won't be the same...
Our favorite part of the article was when ex-hotel president Hans Gerhardt got all nostalgic about celebrities who used to treat the hotel like their own personal playpen. According to Gerhardt, Ted Danson had a favorite suite in the hotel that was the place to be every Thursday night for a few months back in 1987:
"Ted Danson stayed for months at the biggest suite in the hotel and every Thursday he would host a dinner party. Sometimes up to 40 of the who’s who of...Toronto would show up."
But now as Toronto makes way for new projects like Trump and the Lenny Kravitz-inspired BISHA Hotel and Residences, hotel relics like these might just have to fade into movie history.
[Photos: Sutton Place Hotel, Getty Images]